Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

I'm Worth it

And Nigel promises to see out his contract

Delighted: Nigel Worthington
Delighted: Nigel Worthington

Nigel Worthington will lead out Northern Ireland for two friendlies against Bulgaria next month and Georgia in March - and he insists he's worth every penny.

Worthington has negotiated a handsome pay rise from the Irish FA and news of his new two-year deal will be confirmed next week.
Details regarding ticket sales for the two Nationwide Internationals will also be announced next week.

Northern Ireland will face Bulgaria on February 6 and Georgia on March 26 at Windsor Park. Both games have a 7.45pm kick-off.

Worthington's new deal will take him to the end of the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The former Norwich City supremo said he felt " no pressure" at becoming the highest paid manager in Northern Ireland's history and he said he would not walk away from the job like his predecessor Lawrie Sanchez.

"I'm delighted - with some good results and a little bit of luck I may even extend my stay.

"The contract is being drawn up and hopefully it will be sealed next week. The money is not a factor and I'm still a long way behind Fabio Capello with England. What I've asked for is a fair day's pay for a fair day's work and the IFA know they are going to get commitment in abundance.

"These things take a bit of time but we got there in the end and everyone is happy with the deal.

"I will be fully committed to the cause - I will enjoy the work and I'm looking forward to it.

"There have been clauses mentioned, more from the IFA point of view, which I can understand.

" They want to cover their back after the last scenario (with Sanchez) which I understand.

"So there's a situation in there, for whatever reason, but I don't see any reason why I should be leaving prior to that two years."

A meeting to discuss the fixture schedule for the World Cup qualifying series is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

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